Niagara Gazette — When library lobbyists stopped by their offices on Capitol Hill, some lawmakers must have been surprised to hear that the number of people using libraries has escalated in recent years.
ON THE TUBE: That commercial for the Fallsview Casino in Niagara Falls, Ont. (featuring a couple breaking up) should be nominated for the worst TV spot of the year. It would have been better to show the jilted guy tossing that chocolate cake — with the icing message "It's Over" —at her.
BON VOYAGE?: Not everyone is excited about an Australian billionaire's plans to build a replica of the Titanic, the luxury ship that sank in the North Atlantic in 1912. Clive Palmer, who made his fortune in mining, said Titanic II, will set sail in 2016 from South Hampton, England, to New York City. One area resident who has studied the doomed ship for years quipped, "If they want historical accuracy, they should stick with 20 lifeboats."
ACROSS THE BORDER: Parks Canada, a federal agency that oversee parks and historic sites, has come under attack for approving large out-door concerts at Niagara-on-the-Lake without informing the town council. "The lack of consultation appalls me," a council member said. Lord Mayor Dave Eke added that concert notice caught the town by surprise. Some residents, who prefer Shaw, aren't excited that French indie giants Phoenix and mashup king Girl Talk will be featured.Contact reporter Don Glynn at 282-2311, ext. 2246.